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Ponderosa Pine Seed Source Test in Nebraska in the Central Great Plains of the United States

Author(s): Wayne A. Geyer | Keith D. Lynch | Peter Schaefer | William R. Lovette

Journal: Open Journal of Forestry
ISSN 2163-0429

Volume: 03;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Pinus ponderosa | Provenance | Seed Source | Family | Tree Selection | Growth Characteristics

Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Laws) has been planted widely in the Great Plains for wind breaks. A 1968 study recommended using material from south-central South Dakota and north-central Nebraska. A second test to further delineate seed sources (families) from numerous collection sites in this region was established in 1986. This paper reports results for survival, height, diameter, and D2H (diameter squared X height) measurements at 15 years. Results identify a wide range of suitable families within the region. A majority of the tested sources performed well, thus verifying the original recommendations.

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